January 29th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. jarrod

    Its funny how the irs want thier money and penalize you for not giving it to them and they want to know where every penny goes and yet we still don't know where are money really goes

    January 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  2. MaryBeth

    Can Geithner or Obama call these CEOs and force them to give the money back? Like they did with Citi and their jet?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  3. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Thw wall street ceo's should bailout the middle class and poor people to compenseante for the pain they have been going through.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It's nice that Obama speaks out, but it's what he does about it that counts.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  5. Adriana

    These bonuses are just unbelievable. There are so many people that are loosing jobs now and they are having fun with our money. I am amaized that president Obama took a position about this...good for him...

    January 29, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  6. Pati Mc

    @ Megan Dresslar – me too! I will be in line right behind you to collect my money. Then maybe we can have lunch. 🙂

    January 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  7. Stacy

    @EJ: I agree. They don't care. And since no one has stopped them as of yet, I guess they figure they don't need to care.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  8. Vanessa, TX

    YOWZA..$18 billion and possibly more?! WTF!! People are loosing their jobs and these idiots get raises? That gets my blood boiling!!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  9. Sharon

    Why Not make these banks/ Finanacial institutions who seem to have money to spare pay back what we gave them? and say to them Hey you have enough to give bonuses you don't need our money!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  10. Angie Veach - Deer Creek, Indiana

    Wall Street bonuses continues the Bush Administration saga that didn't provide oversight provisions with the first round of TARP funds.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  11. Gino

    Anderson youre funny!
    Obama feigns outrage at bankers?
    Maybe he should also be outraged at people who dont pay their taxes!

    I lost all hope with Obama when he picked that tax cheat, Geither!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, You may want to look into those executives from IBM, Motorola, Xerox, and Corning, who just visited Obama at the White House and who, according to the AP, earned compensation packages from $8million to $21million.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  13. Jason

    I think the republicans have mad another mistake by not voting on the stimulus bill.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  14. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Hi to Megan i think you are right on the money !

    January 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  15. USMCspouse05

    Hi everyone.....These CEOs are just plain stupid and don't deserve to be in charge of anything.......

    January 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  16. Stephen Wilkerson Maryland


    Please please tell me where the 750 Billion that we've already spent went. Who's house did we save from foreclosure, who didn't loose their job and who got 18 Billion in bonus money from the very funds.
    I will never vote for a Republican again!


    January 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  17. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Yes, Anderson, they lack decency. But unlike you or countless others, not everyone has a heart.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse NY

    CaseyJ, not a very bipartisan thought, is it?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I want my money back right now!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  20. Pati Mc

    Speaking of executives getting bonuses during bailouts...what about Blagojovich getting his benefits when he has been chucked out of his job? Anyone want to try to explain that to me?????

    January 29, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  21. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Casey J, I'm sure they are from both parties. Crooks come in all walks of life.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  22. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    i agree they probobly are republicans they are wanting tax cuts for their own greed

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Michelle Brown in Los Angeles - Love Obama

    Part of me is glad Blog is out, however, it does seem a bit unjust since they have no real proof. Shoot even police get paid while on trial although there are tapes to show what looks like wrong.

    $20 Billion – A Down Right Shame. Irresponsible is to nice a adj. It is a crime = to Madoff. I call it theft or, at the least fraud. I thought the Car CEO's had lost their mind by traveling on personal jets and asking for money. These indecent people go spend it on their selves with no thought to their actual workers.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Sharon

    Good Evening all! I am too very frustrated at this point but we need to understand that Paulson nor did anyone else in Congress put any stipulations on the money they gave out to walstreet!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  25. Dorothy-CA

    Good Evening Anderson and all bloggers

    Boy, Obama sure seems to be stepping to the plate. It's about time somebody is paying attention. I'm so impressed with him.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Maureen T

    Good evening Mr. Cooper. What is happening with these greedy individuals on Wall Street? Have they no shame? President Obama is doing the right thing with Secretary Geitner!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Ken in NC

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and all Bloggers. The Pres. is staying right on top of things here lately. I think he is not to happy with the bonuses paid out on Wall Street. I think maybe they should consider CHANGE. Hehehe

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  28. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I wonder why the stockholders of these companies aren't revolting. Their stock value crashes whhile the Execs take bonuses.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Jennifer - Michigan

    The companies will have to pay back the bonuses that were paid out.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  30. Eva, Milwaukee WI

    Good evening, Anderson!!
    I absolutely agree with Mr.Obama about the bounus crackdown.
    They are really greedy!!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  31. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    I am SO PROUD of Barack for speaking out like this. He has no fear of showing his backbone and it's about time these greedy CEO's get told what they have been needing to hear.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    It is so refreshing to see a lead of our country that is actually aware and willing to get involved and put a stop to these execs and their quest for power and wealth when the American people are suffering so much!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Renee Y

    Hi Anderson, Erica and the Best Bloggers

    This is a mess. This is what happens when there is no accountability.
    All that money, yeah it washardly a bailout it was a Bonus for a job well done. Thank Sec of Treasury Paulson

    January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  34. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, David, and bloggers!

    Strong words from Obama. I like the strength in his words.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  35. EJ (USA)

    The executives don't care what the President or anyone else thinks or says as long as they can get more in their pockets. They simply do not care.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica, David Gergen, David in Indiana and best bloggers!!!!!!!
    I agree with Obama, He is so angry at republican that was bonus crackdown!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Obama is headed down the right path craking down on those wall street ceo's that not where the money should be spent1

    January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Tracey - Boston


    This is like the City of Boston...city council members and the mayor approved a raise for themselves while asking the rest of the union employee to accept a wage freeze for a year or there will be lay-offs.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Abby

    Good Evening!

    I agree MaryBeth. They should be fired and give the money back! I have seven friends who got laid off from their Wall Street jobs while the CEOs of their companies collect tax-payer bailout bonuses. I think AC360 should do a 10 Most Wanted for Wall Street CEOs. Take business away from those crooks.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. leah

    Where is the Republican outrage?? Time to shatter the myth that these people need to be given these ridiculous salaries or they will leave. These same people are the ones who don't want to give middle class people a decent wage.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Stacy

    It's easy for politicians to call these bonuses shameful. If Obama can match his talk with action, I will be very impressed.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    That's OUR money! Do those CEOs with the fat bonuses happen to be Republicans? Hmmm...just a thought.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I hope they rip the bonus bonanza out of wall streets hands. Enough is enough.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Pati Mc

    Hey Anderson,

    Man, talk about a crazy day newswise, huh? Busy, busy...

    January 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Vanessa, TX

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, 360 crew..another day, more jobs lost how much job loss this week alone?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Elizabeth Mathew,Ga

    Good evening Mr.Cooper,Ms.Hill,AC360 crew and bloggers!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Jennifer - Michigan

    Hello Anderson and Erica, Good show tonight.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Hi, Anderson, Erica, team AC360, and bloggers!

    Applications for unemployment insurance (in USA) reach higher level in 40 years; Obama endorses the first law of its mandate; Expected that the package actually stimulate economy; impeachment of Blagojevich; General strike in France; History loss in Ford.

    Wow! I lost my breath!
    Glad we have AC360!

    Evening for everyone!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, and blogger! Hope everyone had a pleasant Thursday!

    I'm really glad to hear that President Obama is cracking down on these big execs! Somebody needs to tell them what's what!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  50. MaryBeth

    These CEOs just don't get it. They should all be fired and give that money back.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
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